A Savannah woman is the Effingham County Jail after she reportedly left her child at an Effingham County school bus stop — and then went into Savannah for a crack binge.
According to the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office, Bernice Former, 44, of Savannah is facing several charges, including child neglect, cruelty to children and false report of a crime, after she left her 4-year-old child at a school bus stop Friday morning in Effingham County while she partied overnight. Former has a Savannah address but her child is enrolled in Effingham County schools.
Former left the child at the school bus stop but did not pick her child up from school Friday afternoon. School officials began calling people on the child’s emergency contact list and the child was turned over to the care of someone on that list, ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor said.
Former was arrested by Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies Saturday after she reported her child missing. Former eventually admitted to sheriff’s investigators she went to Savannah and smoked $250 in crack cocaine all night long.
“She went on a crack binge,” Ehsanipoor said. “She told all these elaborate lies to our investigators, which were not true.”
She is currently being held in the Effingham County Jail.